California Youth Connection (CYC), founded in 1988, is a non-profit youth-led organization that cultivates youth leadership to transform the foster care system through legislative, practice, and policy change. We implement our youth-led model through base-building and providing a strong foundation and support for diverse approaches to leadership. We believe outstanding people are the key to our success. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit individuals without discrimination of race, national origin, religion, gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, or age.
The Community Advocacy Coordinators are responsible for providing the foundational resources for youth-led advocacy and leadership development activities in county-based chapters throughout California. They do this by expanding the membership base and volunteers, developing sound organizing strategies specific to the chapters they serve in collaboration with members, assisting with fundraising, supporting members to run chapter meetings and strengthen engagement, facilitating community outreach and advocacy efforts, and developing and facilitating curriculum and trainings that support member leadership.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Youth Leadership and Chapter Development Technical Assistance
- Support members in specific regions of CYC’s youth-led chapters to identify local policy, practice, and challenges youth in foster care face in their community and to identify goals and strategies for systems transformation.
- Assist chapters to develop goals for training, fundraising, and member and supporter outreach and engagement as needed (at least annually).
- Meet the unique needs of each chapter through regular chapter visits (monthly at a minimum), general support, trainings and one-on-one preparation work for CYC activities and community advocacy meetings.
- Identify and prepare members for leadership opportunities involving connection to statewide policy issues (e.g., public hearings, presentations, workshops at conferences, CYC committees, SMCs, RCMs) by helping members develop their talking points and presentations skills.
- Provide leadership and practical skill development for members to participate in statewide policy advocacy and leadership opportunities, including SMC members, chapter chairs, committee members, and facilitators.
- Coordinate and transport youth to regional and statewide events on an as-needed basis.
- Work closely with the Community Engagement Manager to recruit and train supporters for new and rebuilding chapters.
- Provide mediation and conflict resolution training and assistance to chapter members and supporters.
- Support curriculum development, T4T, and conferences, including the recruitment and training of members to be trainers at regional meetings, annual conferences, statewide policy, and within chapters.
- Integrate work with policy and training teams as needed.
- Build relationships with county-level decision-makers and participate in community meetings (including member preparation/feedback and participation) related to CYC’s policy agenda and expansion of local chapter work.
- Engage CYC members in community stakeholder meetings by preparing members to participate in meetings and working with them to draw connections between community work and chapter work, including quarterly director meetings.
- Maintain and expand CYC’s visibility and represent CYC at community events.
- Partner with CYC program staff to share resources and best practice, communicate local chapter work, and build connections between chapters and members across the state.
- Collect, analyze, and manage chapter level data to measure the impact of various strategies.
- Supervise and support chapter chairs.
- Decision-making skills for chapter and leadership development at a local chapter level.
- Track participation by members/supporters and update the database with attendance/participant information.
- Prepare and submit program and expense reports in a timely manner on at least a monthly basis.
Education and Experience:
- Experienced the foster care system and/or are current or previous CYC members, and/or
- Associates Degree from a (2) year college, and/or
- At least 3 years working with youth and young adults, preferably within foster care.
- Experience with foster care issues, community organizing, state legislation, policies, and working with government agencies.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Proficiency in using personal computers and various office software packages including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, Google calendaring, and email management.
- Experience and understanding of K-12 school system as it relates to youth from foster care.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret state and local legislation, including the ability to effectively communicate complicated policies and ideas into a youth-friendly format.
- Ability to demonstrate use of clear boundaries working with young adults and stakeholders.
- Willingness and ability to travel, including frequent travel within the assigned region and occasional travel throughout California and other locations, including overnight travel.
- A current driver's license with at least 3 years driving experience, car (or access to transportation), automobile insurance, and cell phone.
- Demonstrated experience in group facilitation and training with the ability to effectively present information to youth, volunteers, staff, and community stakeholders.
- Experience working directly with youth and adult volunteers and a love for working with teenagers and young adults.
- Ability to attend at least two 3-4 day long conferences annually as well as monthly staff meetings.
BENEFITS (Benefits eligible at 20+ hours per week)
Health, vision, and dental insurance
Simple IRA Retirement
Holidays (including one week in December)
Vacation and Sick Leave
Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
Employee Assistance Program(EAP)
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job’s essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to travel by plane, train, bus, and rental cars; drive and transport young people; remain in the stationary position for long periods while operating a computer to create documents, conducting Internet research, sending and receiving email and participating in meetings; communicate on a telephone and in-person; read and write’ apply logic and focus attention in the presence of distractions.